Mohamed Yusuf Haji
|Mohamed Yusuf Haji
|Maxamed Yuusuf Xaaji
محمد يوسف حاجي
|Member of the Kenyan Senate|
28 March 2013
|Minister of State for Defence|
8 January 2008 – 26 April 2013
|Member of the National Assembly of Kenya|
23 December 1940 |
Garissa District, British Kenya
|Alma mater||University of Birmingham (Dip)|
Mohamed Yusuf Haji (Somali: Maxamed Yuusuf Xaaji, Arabic: محمد يوسف حاجي) (born 23 December 1940) is a Somali-Kenyan politician. He was the Minister of Defence of Kenya from 2008 to 2013, and briefly served as its acting Minister of Internal Security and Provincial Affairs in 2012. He has served in the Senate of Kenya since 2013.
Haji began his professional career in administration and management. He joined the Provincial Administration of Kenya as a District Officer, where he served as Provincial Commissioner between 1970 and 1997.
From 1998 to 2001, Haji worked as an Assistant Minister in the Office of the President. He subsequently acted as the Office's Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs in 2002.
Minister of Defence
On 18 October 2011, Haji and a Kenyan delegation met with Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) officials in Mogadishu to discuss security issues cooperation against the Islamist Al-Shabaab group as part of the coordinated Operation Linda Nchi. Haji and Somalia's Minister of Defence Hussein Arab Isse then signed an agreement to collaborate against the insurgent group.
Haji's term as Minister of Defence ended on 26 April 2013.
Minister of Internal Security
On 18 June 2012, Haji was appointed Kenya's acting Minister of Internal Security and Provincial Affairs after the incumbent minister George Saitoti died in a helicopter crash a few days earlier. Haji had previously worked closely with Saitoti on the Linda Nchi military operation. Haji held the new position concurrently with the Minister of Defence docket until a permanent Internal Minister was appointed on 21 September 2012.
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